Geriatric Jewel Thief Arrested At Georgia Mall

An internationally recognized jewel thief once again finds herself behind bars. Dunwoody Police arrested Doris Payne, 86, Tuesday after she allegedly tried to shoplift a $2,000 diamond necklace.

Police incident reports state that Payne tried to conceal the stolen necklace in her back pocket before making an effort to leave the store unnoticed. Payne now faces charges of larceny shoplifting and is being held at the DeKalb County Jail.

Doris Payne

Payne’s shoplifting career, which dates back to 1952 and spans at least two continents, is so extensive that it was the topic of a 2013 Documentary, “The Life and Crimes of Doris Payne.” Payne told the filmmakers, “Stealing jewelry – it was just exciting. It also became a social outlet for me. That was my everything. I’d just be anybody I wanted to be.”

In an interview with the Associated Press earlier this year, Payne told reporters, “I don’t dictate what happens when I walk in the store. The people in charge dictate what happens with me when I walk in the store.”

Last year security cameras at an Atlanta Saks Fifth Avenue department store caught Payne slipping a pair of Christian Dior earrings into her pocket. She was arrested by the Atlanta Police Department on charges of shoplifting.

“I don’t have any regrets about stealing jewelry,” she said reflecting on her life-long career as a jewel thief, “I regret getting caught.”

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